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Employers are failing to minimise their environmental impact

Closing the green skills gap: Employers urged to prioritise sustainability training.

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64% of employers need to step up their efforts to help employees become more sustainable.
It is crucial that organisations and business leaders continually review their sustainability.
Implementing green skills and sustainable culture has become more important than ever.

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A new report reveals that 64% of employers need to step up their efforts to help employees become more sustainable with 52% citing there needs to be an increase in environmental and sustainability-related skills within their organisation.

Key findings from the Hays report find that; 87% of respondents consider sustainability commitment to be vital when job seeking and only 5% feel confident with their organisation being sustainably equipped.

With the Net-Zero Coalition’s targets to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on the horizon, implementing green skills and sustainable culture has become more important than ever.

According to the Deloitte paper, 50% of Gen Z and 46% of Millennials claim they are putting pressure on their employers to act on climate change. However, just 15% and 16% believe they can make an impact. The green transition will lead to almost all jobs requiring a sustainable aspect in their role by law, making green skills an essential factor for leaders to prioritise when planning their workforce strategies

By leveraging the knowledge and experience within their workforce, organisations can enhance these skills to benefit both employees and employers.

The lack of professionals with the necessary sustainable skills is contributing to a growing green skills gap. The disparity between the demand for and the supply of green skills requires immediate attention. To address this mismatch, organisations need to upskill their workforce and identify individuals with transferable skills. By leveraging the knowledge and experience within their workforce, organisations can enhance these skills to benefit both employees and employers. This approach not only helps to address the green skills shortage but will also encourage a culture of continuous learning and development.

Kirsty Green-Mann, Global Head of Sustainability at Hays, said: “The survey highlights what employees think of their workplace’s current sustainability commitment, along with what they hope to see moving forward. It is crucial that organisations and business leaders continually review their sustainability efforts while seeking improvements and feedback. Additionally, companies need to embrace sustainability expectations from the new emerging generation and recognise this as an opportunity. They are more open to the challenge and could be better equipped with green skills than the current workforce, making them valuable contributors to a sustainable future.”

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